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LUCKIEST MAN ALIVE

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SSGT RONALD C RENFRO USMC 1971-79 COMBAT MEDALS Military Medals: Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/2 Stars; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; USMC Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Stars; RVN Gallantry Cross w/Palm; RVN Civil Action Unit; RVN Campaign Medal w/60 Dvc Marine receives Combat Action Medal for Combat Valor Submitted by: Marine Barracks 8th & I Story by:Computed Name: Cpl. AARON H. CLAUSEN Story Identification #:20051028142117 MARINE BARRACKS WASHINGTON, Washington D.C.(Oct. 28, 1973) -- Th...e annals of Marine Corps history are filled... See More ... See Morewith stories of men and women who have sacrificed their all in service to their country. Puller, Basilone, Lejeune, Butler, Daley—names that are synonymous with valor in combat and Marine Corps lore. "There is a fellowship of valor that links all U.S. Marines, past, present, and future," said Joseph Alexander, retired Marine Colonel in his book The Battle History of the U.S. Marines: A Fellowship of Valor. Now, another story of valor can be added to the Marine history books and for one Marine assigned to the Corps' "Oldest Post," that story is one of modesty and simply taking care of his Marines. Marshall,Texas native, Cpl. R.C.Renfro/7914/01/08/1954 was presented the award for valor in combat—COMBAT ACTION MEDAL . RENFRO/7914,a 1972 United States Military Police Academy graduate, received his award during a chilly early morning ceremony held aboard the Post Oct 28, 1973 from the Commandant of the Marine Corps,as well as from other members of an Elite Marine Special Forces unit. The 20-year-old received the award for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as scout leader of 81mm Mortar Platoon Command with Weapons Company and Quick Reaction Force Platoon Command, 1st Marine Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division in support of Special Night Operations unit April 13,1973 in the Rupublic of Vietnam. When asked about the award, RENFRO/7914 humbly diverts attention away from himself. "I received this award because of something we did as a platoon, and I am really proud of what we accomplished that day," I'm just glad I'm alive"he said. Occurring during the second of his three deployments to Vietnam, RENFRO/7914 led and directed his platoon through enemy lines to recover classified material from a downed CH-53 helicopter. The platoon was attacked by Black Pajama Cong forces employing machinegun, small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.RENFRO/7914 skillfully maneuvered his force and assaulted through the ambush to friendly lines, inflicting OVER (23) enemy casualties.And wounded several others in Hand-to-Hand combat. After successfully completing the mission, RENFRO/7914 was ordered that same evening to recover a destroyed Assault Amphibious Vehicle and assist in the rescue of a besieged rifle platoon deep behind enemy lines. RENFRO/7914 and eight other Marines found themselves up against a company-sized cong force along the enemy's main line of resistance where as stated in Cpl.Renfro's citation, "...he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he engaged enemy targets at point-blank range while directing the rifle platoon's relief and coordinating recovery operations.Later that Day Cpl.RENFRO/7914 was air/medevac/ to a Naval Hospital Ship/ where he will also be presented the Purple Heart from President Richard M. Nixon from a grateful Nation.RENFRO/7914 Though seriously wounded in several non-descript areas /face/ear/and shot through his left-leg is expected to make a full recovery. this file is the property of the United States Government and is part of Staff Sargeant RONALD C.RENFRO/7914/USMC/service records,Kansas City.MO.
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